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Tribune Publishing Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

5 Days ago

Growth in Net income from continuing operations of $7.5 million year-over-year
Digital content revenues increase ~50% year-over-year

CHICAGO, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tribune Publishing Company (NASDAQ: TPCO) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2019. Unless otherwise noted, amounts and disclosures throughout this earnings release relate to continuing operations and exclude all discontinued operations including the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other assets of the California News Group (collectively, the “California properties”).

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • Total revenues were $236.0 million, down from $255.8 million in the third quarter of 2018
  • Net income from continuing operations was $6.9 million, compared to a loss of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2018
  • Net loss attributable to Tribune Publishing common stockholders was $7.1 million, or $0.61 per share, driven by a reserve recorded in discontinued operations, compared to a loss of $4.0 million, or $0.11 per share, in the third quarter of 2018
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $24.8 million, an increase of $8.2 million year-over-year
  • Digital content revenues increased 49.9% compared to the third quarter of 2018
  • Digital-only subscribers increased 38% to 314,000 at the end of the third quarter 2019, up from 227,000 at the end of the third quarter 2018
  • Returned a total of $54 million to shareholders in the form of a $1.50 special dividend in July

Timothy P. Knight, Tribune Publishing Chief Executive Officer and President, said: “The third quarter represented solid operating performance, with significant improvement in net income and adjusted EBITDA. We managed through challenging revenue trends and controlled costs accordingly. We continue to make progress on our stated goals of margin improvement and growing our digital-only subscriber base. We also kept focus on shareholder value through the dividend issued in July, which returned cash to shareholders while leaving the Company with strong cash flexibility.”

Third Quarter 2019 Results
Third quarter 2019 total revenues were $236.0 million, down $19.7 million or 7.7% compared to $255.8 million for the third quarter 2018. Total advertising revenue and digital advertising revenue in the quarter were $93.2 million and $21.8 million, respectively.

Third quarter total operating expenses, including depreciation and amortization, were $226.7 million, down 14.7% compared to $265.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease reflects the Company’s ongoing disciplined cost management and includes a $24.7 million decrease in compensation expense compared to a year ago.

Net income from continuing operations was $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, improving from a loss of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA was $24.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 49.1% or $8.2 million compared to the third quarter of 2018, driven by a reduction in expenses.

For the quarter ended September 29, 2019, capital expenditures totaled $4.6 million. Cash balance at September 29, 2019, was $56.5 million, which does not include $37.3 million of restricted cash reflected in long-term assets.

Segment Results
The Company operates in two segments: M, which is comprised of the Company’s media groups excluding their digital revenues and related expenses, except digital subscription revenues when bundled with a print subscription, and X, which includes all digital revenues and related expenses of the Company from local Tribune Publishing websites, third-party websites, mobile applications, digital-only subscriptions, Tribune Content Agency and BestReviews.

Included in the tables below is segment reporting for M and X for the third quarters of 2019 and 2018 and corresponding year to date periods.

M
Third quarter 2019 M total revenues were $187.6 million, down 9.5% compared to the third quarter of 2018. Operating expenses for M decreased $39.6 million or 18.8% compared to the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by cost reduction actions.

Third quarter 2019 income from operations for M was $16.6 million, up from a loss of $3.3 million, and Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $22.3 million versus $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2018.

X
Total revenues for X for the third quarter of 2019 were $44.8 million, up 9.1%. Digital content revenues increased 49.9% year-over-year, due to strong growth from BestReviews and digital-only subscribers, as digital advertising revenues in the quarter declined 15.2%.

Third quarter 2019 operating expenses for X increased 11.5% compared to the third quarter of 2018, driven by higher allocations of newsroom expenses, partially offset by lower compensation and depreciation costs.

Third quarter 2019 income from operations for X was $3.1 million, down from $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2018, and Adjusted EBITDA was $6.1 million, down $4.3 million compared to the third quarter of 2018.

Digital-only subscribers grew to 314,000, up 38% from the prior year and up 5% sequentially from the second quarter of 2019.

2019 Outlook
For the full year, the Company confirmed its Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $102 million to $106 million. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company expects total revenues of $250 million to $254 million.

Conference Call Details
Tribune Publishing will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2019 results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (4:00 p.m. Central Time) on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The conference call may be accessed via Tribune Publishing’s Investor Relations website at investor.tribpub.com or by dialing 844.494.0195 (508.637.5599 for international callers) and entering conference ID 1086836. An archived version of the webcast will also be available for one year on the Tribune Publishing website. You can also access this replay via telephone, until November 14, 2019, by dialing 855.859.2056 (404.537.3406 for international callers) and entering conference ID 1086836.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted same-business operating expenses, Adjusted Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders, and Adjusted Diluted EPS are not measures presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP) and Tribune Publishing’s use of the terms Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted same-business operating expenses, Adjusted Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders, and Adjusted Diluted EPS may vary from that of others in the Company’s industry. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted same-business operating expenses, Adjusted Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders, and Adjusted Diluted EPS should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), income from operations, operating expenses, net income (loss) per diluted share, revenues or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP as measures of operating performance or liquidity. Further information regarding Tribune Publishing’s presentation of these measures, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted same-business operating expenses, Adjusted Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is included below in this press release.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are based largely on our current expectations and reflect various estimates and assumptions by us. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties, which in some instances are beyond our control, include: changes in advertising demand, circulation levels and audience shares; competition and other economic conditions; economic and market conditions that could impact the level of our required contributions to the defined benefit pension plans to which we contribute; decisions by trustees under rehabilitation plans (if applicable) or other contributing employers with respect to multiemployer plans to which we contribute which could impact the level of our contributions; our ability to develop and grow our online businesses; changes in newsprint price; our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; concentration of stock ownership among our principal stockholders whose interests may differ from those of other stockholders; and other events beyond our control that may result in unexpected adverse operating results. For more information about these and other risks see Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “could,” “should,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “plan,” “seek” and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. However, such words are not the exclusive means for identifying forward-looking statements, and their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. Whether or not any such forward-looking statements, in fact, occur will depend on future events, some of which are beyond our control. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are being made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Tribune Publishing Company
Tribune Publishing (NASDAQ: TPCO) is a media company rooted in award-winning journalism. Headquartered in Chicago, Tribune Publishing operates local media businesses in eight markets with titles including the Chicago TribuneNew York Daily NewsThe Baltimore SunOrlando Sentinel, South Florida's Sun-Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and the Hartford Courant.

In addition to award-winning local media businesses, Tribune Publishing operates national and international brands such as Tribune Content Agency and The Daily Meal and is the majority owner of the product review website BestReviews.

Our brands are committed to informing, inspiring and engaging local communities. We create and distribute content across our media portfolio, offering integrated marketing, media, and business services to consumers and advertisers, including digital solutions and advertising opportunities.

Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Ferreter
Tribune Publishing Investor Relations
312.222.3225
mferreter@tribpub.com

Media Contact:
Tilden Katz
Tribune Publishing Corporate Communications
312.606.2614
tilden.katz@fticonsulting.com
Source: Tribune Publishing

Exhibits:
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
Segment Income, Expenses, and Non-GAAP Reconciliations
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Total Operating Expenses to Adjusted Same-Business Operating Expenses
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders to Adjusted Income (Loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune Publishing common stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Preliminary

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 29,
2019
  September 30,
2018
  September 29,
2019
  September 30,
2018
                 
Operating revenues   $ 236,027     $ 255,770     $ 730,879     $ 747,173  
                 
Operating expenses   226,652     265,763     720,801     789,489  
                 
Income (loss) from operations   9,375     (9,993 )   10,078     (42,316 )
                 
Interest income (expense), net   (57 )   303     478     (11,673 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt               (7,666 )
Loss on equity investments, net   (2,213 )   (434 )   (3,255 )   (1,828 )
Other income (expense), net   248     3,640     265     10,943  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes   7,353     (6,484 )   7,566     (52,540 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   480     (5,835 )   63     (8,719 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   6,873     (649 )   7,503     (43,821 )
Plus: Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (12,848 )   (3,586 )   (13,570 )   290,665  
Net income (loss)   (5,975 )   (4,235 )   (6,067 )   246,844  
Less: Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest   1,150     (239 )   3,037     471  
Net income (loss) attributable to Tribune common stockholders   $ (7,125 )   $ (3,996 )   $ (9,104 )   $ 246,373  
                 
Net income (loss) available to Tribune common stockholders, per common share - Basic                
Continuing operations   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.29 )   $ (1.26 )
Discontinued operations   (0.36 )   (0.10 )   (0.38 )   8.27  
Net income (loss) attributable to Tribune per common share - Basic   $ (0.61 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.67 )   $ 7.01  
                 
Net income (loss) available to Tribune common stockholders, per common share - Diluted                
Continuing operations   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.29 )   $ (1.26 )
Discontinued operations   (0.36 )   (0.10 )   (0.38 )   8.27  
Net income (loss) attributable to Tribune per common share - Diluted   $ (0.61 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.67 )   $ 7.01  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic   35,863     35,409     35,734     35,166  
Diluted   35,863     35,409     35,734     35,166  
                         



TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In thousands)  (Unaudited)

Preliminary

The tables below show the segmentation of income and expenses for the three and nine months ended September 29, 2019, as compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

  Three Months Ended
  M   X   Corporate and Eliminations   Consolidated
  Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018
Total revenues $ 187,628   $ 207,385     $ 44,821   $ 41,077   $ 3,578     $ 7,308     $ 236,027   $ 255,770  
Operating expenses 171,009   210,640     41,696   37,380   13,947     17,743     226,652   265,763  
Income (loss) from operations 16,619   (3,255 )   3,125   3,697   (10,369 )   (10,435 )   9,375   (9,993 )
Depreciation and amortization 5,002   4,151     2,683   4,274   3,576     3,754     11,261   12,179  
Adjustments (1) 635   7,182     316   2,475   3,219     4,797     4,170   14,454  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 22,256   $ 8,078     $ 6,124   $ 10,446   $ (3,574 )   $ (1,884 )   $ 24,806   $ 16,640  

(1)  See Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA for additional information on adjustments.

  Nine Months Ended
  M   X   Corporate and Eliminations   Consolidated
  Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018
Total revenues $ 585,453   $ 623,893   $ 129,470   $ 116,189   $ 15,956     $ 7,091     $ 730,879   $ 747,173  
Operating expenses 543,383   619,461   122,109   109,548   55,309     60,480     720,801   789,489  
Income (loss) from operations 42,070   4,432   7,361   6,641   (39,353 )   (53,389 )   10,078   (42,316 )
Depreciation and amortization 16,229   12,113   7,248   13,328   11,516     12,126     34,993   37,567  
Adjustments (1) 4,196   15,926   6,183   7,737   15,075     28,485     25,454   52,148  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 62,495   $ 32,471   $ 20,792   $ 27,706   $ (12,762 )   $ (12,778 )   $ 70,525   $ 47,399  

(1)  See Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA for additional information on adjustments.

Segment M   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change
Operating revenues:                        
Advertising   $ 71,376   $ 83,990     (15.0 ) %   $ 227,135   $ 254,532   (10.8 ) %
Circulation   82,992   87,644     (5.3 ) %   254,471   260,886   (2.5 ) %
Other   33,260   35,751     (7.0 ) %   103,847   108,475   (4.3 ) %
Total revenues   187,628   207,385     (9.5 ) %   585,453   623,893   (6.2 ) %
Operating expenses   171,009   210,640     (18.8 ) %   543,383   619,461   (12.3 ) %
Income from operations   16,619   (3,255 )   *   42,070   4,432   *
Depreciation and amortization   5,002   4,151     20.5   %   16,229   12,113   34.0   %
Adjustments (1)   635   7,182     (91.2 ) %   4,196   15,926   (73.7 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 22,256   $ 8,078     *   $ 62,495   $ 32,471   92.5   %

* Represents positive or negative change in excess of 100%
(1)  See Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA for additional information on adjustments.

Segment X   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change
Operating revenues:                        
Advertising   $ 21,843   $ 25,748   (15.2 ) %   $ 66,399   $ 71,785   (7.5 ) %
Content   22,978   15,329   49.9   %   63,071   44,404   42.0   %
Total revenues   44,821   41,077   9.1   %   129,470   116,189   11.4   %
Operating expenses   41,696   37,380   11.5   %   122,109   109,548   11.5   %
Income from operations   3,125   3,697   (15.5 ) %   7,361   6,641   10.8   %
Depreciation and amortization   2,683   4,274   (37.2 ) %   7,248   13,328   (45.6 ) %
Adjustments (1)   316   2,475   (87.2 ) %   6,183   7,737   (20.1 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 6,124   $ 10,446   (41.4 ) %   $ 20,792   $ 27,706   (25.0 ) %

* Represents positive or negative change in excess of 100%
(1)  See Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA for additional information on adjustments.



TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Preliminary

    September 29, 2019   December 30, 2018
Assets        
Current Assets:        
Cash   $ 56,526   $ 97,560
Accounts receivable   103,713   145,463
Inventories   5,682   9,587
Prepaid expenses and other   21,535   18,197
Total current assets   187,456   270,807
Net Properties, Plant and Equipment   126,952   144,963
Other Assets        
Goodwill   132,172   132,146
Intangible assets, net   70,960   77,229
Software, net   23,066   27,117
Lease right of use assets   102,071  
Restricted cash   37,290   43,947
Other long-term assets   21,709   30,418
Total other assets   387,268   310,857
Total assets   $ 701,676   $ 726,627
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 40,962   $ 70,555
Employee compensation and benefits   32,954   61,001
Deferred revenue   44,438   51,114
Dividends payable to stockholders    
Current portion of long-term lease liability   25,120  
Current portion of long-term debt   100   405
Other current liabilities   41,293   21,203
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale     6,249
Total current liabilities   184,867   210,527
Non-Current Liabilities        
Long-term lease liability   102,430  
Workers’ compensation, general liability and auto insurance payable   26,895   30,606
Pension and postretirement benefits payable   17,419   20,150
Deferred rent     25,424
Long-term debt   6,777   6,799
Other obligations   7,861   20,053
Total non-current liabilities   161,382   103,032
Noncontrolling Equity Interest   54,246   39,756
Equity        
Total stockholders' equity   301,181   373,312
Total liabilities and equity   $ 701,676   $ 726,627
             



TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(In thousands) (Unaudited)

Preliminary

Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA:

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change   Sep 29, 2019   Sep 30, 2018   % Change
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 6,873     $ (649 )   *   $ 7,503     $ (43,821 )   *
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations 480     (5,835 )   *   63     (8,719 )   *
Interest expense (income), net 57     (303 )   *   (478 )   11,673     *
Loss on the early extinguishment of debt         *       7,666     *
Loss on equity investments, net 2,213     434     *   3,255     1,828     78.1   %
Other (income) expense, net (248 )   (3,640 )   (93.2 ) %   (265 )   (10,943 )   (97.6 ) %
Income (loss) from operations 9,375     (9,993 )   *   10,078     (42,316 )   *
Depreciation and amortization 11,261     12,179     (7.5 ) %   34,993     37,567     (6.9 ) %
Restructuring and transaction costs (1) 1,721     11,472     (85.0 ) %   14,389     44,635     (67.8 ) %
Stock-based compensation 2,449     2,982     (17.9 ) %   11,065     7,513     47.3   %
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 24,806     $ 16,640     49.1   %   $ 70,525     $ 47,399     48.8   %

* Represents positive or negative change in excess of 100%

(1) Restructuring and transaction costs include costs related to Tribune's internal restructuring, such as severance, charges associated with vacated space, costs related to completed and potential acquisitions and a one-time charge related to the Consulting Agreement.


Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).  Management believes that because Adjusted EBITDA excludes (i) certain non-cash expenses (such as depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and gain/loss on equity investments) and (ii) expenses that are not reflective of the Company’s core operating results over time (such as restructuring costs, including the employee voluntary separation program and gain/losses on employee benefit plan terminations, litigation or dispute settlement charges or gains, premiums on stock buyback and transaction-related costs), this measure provides investors with additional useful information to measure the Company’s financial performance, particularly with respect to changes in performance from period to period.  The Company’s management uses Adjusted EBITDA (a) as a measure of operating performance; (b) for planning and forecasting in future periods; and (c) in communications with the Company’s Board of Directors concerning the Company’s financial performance.  In addition, Adjusted EBITDA, or a similarly calculated measure, has been used as the basis for certain financial maintenance covenants that the Company is subject to in connection with certain credit facilities.  Since not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and should not be used by investors as a substitute or alternative to net income or any measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Instead, management believes Adjusted EBITDA should be used to supplement the Company’s financial measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP to provide a more complete understanding of the trends affecting the business.

Although Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluations of companies, Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for, or more meaningful than, amounts determined in accordance with GAAP. Some of the limitations to using non-GAAP measures as an analytical tool are:  they do not reflect the Company’s interest income and expense, or the requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on the Company’s debt;  they do not reflect future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; and although depreciation and amortization charges are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and non-GAAP measures do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.

The Company does not provide a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA guidance due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, including adjustments that could be made for restructuring and transaction costs, stock-based compensation amounts and other charges reflected in our reconciliation of historic numbers, the amount of which, based on historical experience, could be significant.


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Preliminary

Reconciliation of Total Operating Expenses to Adjusted Same-Business Operating Expenses

Adjusted same-business operating expenses consist of total operating expenses per the income statement, adjusted to exclude the impact of items listed in the Adjusted EBITDA non-GAAP reconciliation, the additional expenses related to the 2018 acquisitions (e.g. same-business) and the impact of the Transition Service Agreement expenses.  Management believes that adjusted same-business operating expenses is informative to investors as it enhances the investors' overall understanding of the financial performance of the Company's business as they analyze current results compared to prior periods.

    Three Months Ended September 29, 2019   Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
    GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted Same- Business   GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted Same- Business
                         
Compensation   $ 83,066   $ (3,484 )   $ 79,582   $ 107,762   $ (11,748 )   $ 96,014
Newsprint and ink   12,613       12,613   16,980       16,980
Outside services   77,549   (295 )   77,254   81,572   (2,419 )   79,153
Other operating expenses   42,163   (390 )   41,773   47,270   (288 )   46,982
Depreciation and amortization   11,261   (11,261 )     12,179   (12,179 )  
                         
Total operating expenses   $ 226,652   $ (15,430 )   $ 211,222   $ 265,763   $ (26,634 )   $ 239,129


    Nine Months Ended September 29, 2019   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
    GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted Same- Business   GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted Same- Business
                         
Compensation   276,583   $ (34,096 )   $ 242,487   $ 324,982   $ (39,157 )   $ 285,825
Newsprint and ink   43,834   (3,048 )   40,786   48,348   (1,831 )   46,517
Outside services   241,787   (19,428 )   222,359   262,372   (29,268 )   233,104
Other operating expenses   123,604   (38,084 )   85,520   116,220   (23,859 )   92,361
Depreciation and amortization   34,993   (34,993 )     37,567   (37,567 )  
                         
Total operating expenses   $ 720,801   $ (129,649 )   $ 591,152   $ 789,489   $ (131,682 )   $ 657,807
                                         



TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Preliminary

Reconciliation of Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune common stockholders to Adjusted Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations available to Tribune common stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS:

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - GAAP excluding the adjustments for restructuring and transaction costs, net of the impact of income taxes.

Income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - GAAP consists of Net income (loss) from continuing operations per the Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss), less Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests and the noncontrolling interest carrying value adjustment as set forth in the Earnings Per Share calculation in the Company's Form 10-Q.

Adjusted Diluted EPS computes Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Management believes Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS are informative to investors as they enhance investors' overall understanding of the financial performance of the Company's business as they analyze current results compared to future recurring projections.

  Three Months Ended
  September 29, 2019   September 30, 2018
  Earnings   Diluted EPS   Earnings   Diluted EPS
Income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - GAAP $ (9,130 )   $ (0.25 )   $ (410 )   $ (0.01 )
Adjustments to operating expenses, net of 27.8% tax:              
Restructuring and transaction costs 1,243     0.03     8,283     0.23  
Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - Non-GAAP $ (7,887 )   $ (0.22 )   $ 7,873     $ 0.22  
               


  Nine Months Ended
  September 29, 2019   September 30, 2018
  Earnings   Diluted EPS   Earnings   Diluted EPS
Income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - GAAP $ (10,387 )   $ (0.29 )   $ (44,292 )   $ (1.26 )
Adjustments to operating expenses, net of 27.8% tax:              
Restructuring and transaction costs 10,389     0.29     32,226     0.92  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt         5,535     0.16  
Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations available to Tribune common stockholders - Non-GAAP $ 2     $     $ (6,531 )   $ (0.19 )

 

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